An Assembly Such as This
by Pamela Aidan
Paperback - 224 pages - (August
Written by Wende (December
26, 2003 )
I recommend "An Assembly Such As
This" very, very, very much.
If you liked Confessions of FD, then I am sure that you will
Assembly. It is the 1st book in a set of 3 (which will be coming out
later) the author (Pamela Aidan) is just wonderful.
Written by Shinjinee (March 18, 2004 )
Let us stick then
to At Such an Assembly as
This (which I have recommended to at least one Austen-reading
and to other published sequels. If you have read this or other P&P
adaptations, and know about Pamela's style of writing and her unique
POV, I would love to read what you have to say.
Written by Karen 2L (March
18, 2004 )
work is so far superior to Aylmer's work.
It's like tapestry versus burlap. The richness of the weaving is
remarkable. While it's really Pamela's own POV and invention, you get a
real idea of Darcy's wealth. Not just numbers or servants, but what his
London lifestyle is like. Georgiana becomes a key figure and Pamela's
original characters, such as Lord Dyfed Brougham, are as fascinating as
they are Austen-compatible.
Written by Terry (March 20, 2004 )
sequel versus Aylmer's work. It's
like tapestry versus burlap. The richness of the weaving is remarkable.
While it's really Pamela's own POV and invention, you get a real idea
of Darcy's wealth. Not just numbers or servants, but what his London
lifestyle is like. Georgiana becomes a key figure and Pamela's original
characters, such as Lord Dyfed Brougham, are as fascinating as they are
with you, Karen 2L. I was very impressed with
how she was able to write a book from a male POV and make it so
believable. I have had the good fortune to make Pamela's acquaintance
(very lovely and intelligent lady) and I asked her how she had managed
to get Darcy's thoughts and actions so on target. She said she was
raised with brothers and has three sons of her own which gives her some
insight. I've read
a lot of the sequels, prequels, and
and Pamela Aidan's book is vastly superior.
Written by Shinjinee (March 21, 2004 )
is exactly what I wanted to know, and the kind of
feedback I was hoping to get. When I first read her stories for At
An Assembly as This, her tone and language struck me as being the
authentic that I had read among all the P& P sequels, adaptations,
etc. [The only ones that I liked better were Joan Austen-Leigh's
versions of Emma, but that was a different novel!].
have the print version (which came out after I
left the States), but when all three come out, I will be getting them
even if I have the e-versions. I don't have an e-book reader (although
I am considerably tempted) and still love having paper books anyway.
Written by Vania (March 21,
Will you accept the thoughts of a
dissenter? =) I liked 'An Assembly...' but there were parts where I
thought it too wordy and flowery than how JA's Darcy was supposed to
be. My main point of comparison is his letter to Lizzy in P&P and a
letter to Georgiana in AASAT.
bought a copy, however. =) It's a very good
Darcy POV story in that Darcy's thoughts, feelings and motives are
well-thought of. It's worth owning, IMO. In rating the Darcy POV's:
Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy
2. An Assembly Such as This
3. Darcy's Story
4. The Diary of Henry Fitzwilliam Darcy
Written by Shinjinee (March
22, 2004 )
Thanks for rating
the adaptations too. I am always on
the lookout for differing opinions anyway; that is part of what makes
RoP successful IMHO.
As for the
wordiness, you are right about that. I
cannot remember too much of the text in the first book (which is the
one under discussion), but it has been troubling me a bit in later ones
(which we will not discuss because of AOA guidelines). OTOH, I did get
a real sense of how Darcy might have been feeling in the first book,
and I certainly appreciated the effort Pamela took to stay authentic to
the text (unlike Emma Tennant!) and the sensibilities of the age
(unlike many other writers).
Written by Alessia (March 22, 2004)
True, I remember I
had this same thought when I read
AASAT...I like this book very much but sometimes it makes me think that
the author was more influenced by the tv adaptation than by the novel
itself, as other posters have already pointed out.
I'd like to ask you the same question Shinjinee asked: what makes "the
Confessions of..." so worthy and superior to others sequels? I've never
read any sequel, apart from "An Assembly" and I'd very much like to
know if some of them are really good and worth buying. Thank you!
by Luanne (5/9/2004 10:49 p.m.)
reading Pamela Aidan's "An Assembly Such As This". Please can anyone
tell me when the next is due out? I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Written by Kathi
(2/13/2005 9:06 p.m.)
liked An Assembly
Such as This pretty well,
except for the
conversation between Darcy and Bingley about Bingley's marriage to
Jane, which was totally inconsistent with Darcy's description of it.
by Sarah Catherine
(2/18/2005 10:58 p.m.)
read An Assembly Such As This and found it very enjoyable - a bit
awkward in places but increasingly sure-footed in the way it revealed
Darcy's social uncertainties and how Wickham's treatment of his sister
still threw a shadow over him.
Written by Kathleen Glancy
(6/6/2005 5:35 p.m.)
It seems like more of an alternative viewpoint than a sequel, a popular
area. There's the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy of
which I liked the first book and was disappointed in the second, but
have great hopes of the the yet unpublished third.
Written by Katy B
(3/4/2006 1:19 a.m.)
I have just finished Pamela Aidan's trilogy from Darcy's point of view. I liked it pretty well,
even though the second book was kind of weird. It's worth reading, certainly, and I liked the way
she integrated P&P dialog very accurately, and was never influenced by adaptations that I could tell!
Written by Julie Rae (January 19, 2007 )
I think this series is awful. I read "An Assembly Such As This" with high hopes...I'm truly a
sucker for P&P sequals...however, while the 1st book in the series gave me hope that the 2nd and
3rd would be better, I was disappointed. I didn't even bother to read the 3rd book becuase the first
2 were just ridiculous.
You may disagree with me, but I believe that while Darcy is the 'reluctant hero', he is not an 'every man's man'.
Please, form your own opinion, but check the series out at the library so you don't waste your money.
Written by JaneGS (January 22, 2007 )
I enjoyed Aidan's three books very much, particularly the first and third and would not hesitate to recommend them.
The writing is good, the characters are true to the original in tone and action, and Aidan has added enough from
her own imagination to flesh out Darcy's life and make the novels stand on their own apart from P&P.
I don't read sequels often myself--apart from some fanfiction, I've only read these books and Darcy's Story.
Aidan's three books far outstrip Darcy's Story with regards to story telling and depth.
Written by Isabel (January 23, 2007 )
I thought this series is wonderful even though I thought the 2nd book, Duty and Desire, was a little week with the
"gothic" theme towards the end. However, I have read These Three Remain twice already and just started
reading it for the 3rd time. I love how we, the reader, are constantly in Darcy's head and how the situation looks like
from his vantage point.